WHITMIRE — Whitmire Town Council has given its OK for Maria and Marty Mcmurtury to buy the former Joe’s Market Building on Market Street for $200.
Mayor Billy Hollingsworth said the estimate to tear down the building was about $12,000, but he knows the town will not get out of the building what they put into it as far as money was concerned.
“Because of our nuisance ordinance, we must tear it down or sell it,” Hollingsworth said at Monday’s meeting.
The building will soon be home to a South Carolina bottle and Whitmire history museum. Marty Mcmurtury has been collecting antique soda bottles from South Carolina since 1970.
Maria Mcmurtury told council the building would be fixed up using grant monies. She said she has already spoken with Baker’s Construction about helping with the renovation.
The first step will be to replace windows and doors so the building looks appealing from the outside.
In other business, Hollingsworth told council he recently received the deed for the old Whitmire High School. Hollingsworth said Jim Suber told him they still have a few things to get out of the building before the town will get the keys.
“It has been recorded in our name,” Hollingsworth said about the building.
The next step will be to decide what the property — which consists of the cafeteria and main school building on about 2.6 acres — can be used for.
“At some point we will meet on how to promote it and what we’re going to do with it,” Hollingsworth said.
Hollingsworth also told council there were several roofing projects that need to be addressed, the first of which is the Whitmire Town Hall Annex where council meets. The roof was not replaced when the annex was renovated, he said.
Hollingsworth said the roof leaks in a few places and the estimate to replace the roof is $16,000. He said he wanted council to be aware he is currently securing bids for the roof.
The rescue squad building needs an estimated $26,000-$27,000 in repairs while the roof on the maintenance shed at Whitmire’s golf course also needs to be fixed, a project estimated at $8,000.
The American Legion building also needs about $800 work, Hollingsworth said.
Hollingsworth told council the timber between the third and fourth fairway at the golf course could sell for $7,000 to $12,000, which could over part of the repair expenses.
“The golf course is one of our best assets,” Councilwoman Cassie Fowler said. “We need to get it done.”
Council unanimously voted to seek bids for the repairs and to set a time frame for completion.
Mary Mcmurtury, speaking on behalf of the Economic Development Board, said the group was doing well with tourism.
Whitmire’s Economic Development Board recently applied for a tourism grant to fund new events next year.
Mcmurtury said they want to begin a Palmetto Trail Hike next April and have asked for $2,000 in grant funds to market the event. The board has also applied for $5,000 to fund a veterans’ event on May 30, 2015.
The county group looking over the grant applications considers tourism as bringing in people from a 30-mile radius, Mcmurtury said.
Mcmurtury also said they are considering a “Pick-n Newberry” event where farmers throughout Newberry County would come together, similar to what was held earlier this year.
In other business:
• The Town of Whitmire began June with a balance of $50,795.59. With deposits totalling $75,777.91 and expenditures equalling $45,372.89, the ending balance was $81,200.61.
• Hollingsworth requested that council chambers only be used for council meetings and court proceedings, while other groups using the building use the meeting room in the back of the building.
• Fowler presented a logo created by Whitmire native Monica Lambert Turner. Fowler presented the logo, showing what it would look like on different types of merchandise. Hollingsworth asked Fowler to email the logo to council members so it could be discussed at next month’s meeting.